Oottu Utsavam of Vayathur Shiva Temple
Date:15-01-2019 to 28-01-2019
Sree Vayathur Kaliyar Shiva Temple situated at Ulikkal near Iritty on the Kerala-Karnataka border is a temple famous for the symbol of the bond between two different peoples. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is managed by a trust comprising the Malayali and Kodava communities. The temple celebrates a 14-day `Oottu' festival annually in the Malayalam month of Makaram (January).
The festival attracts a large number of devotees from Kannur and from Kodagu. An interesting part of the festival is the transporting of rice on the backs of bullocks to the temple by members of the Mundyodan and Bahuryan families in Kodagu as an offering to Lord Shiva, whom they call ‘Bythoorappa’.
`Thudikotti pattu' by the Kodavas is an important cultural event held as part of the Oottu festival. The main festival day will be on 11th and when ghee will be brought from different parts for `neyyamritham,' a ritual in which the ghee is poured on the idol.
The annual Theyyam festival will be held from 16th of Malayalam month of Dhanu to 14th of the Malayalam month of Makaram. One of the rare Theyyams in Malabar, ‘Neelakkali bhagavathi', is performed here.